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The Garden Pond

August 31st, 2010

If you remember we put in a small garden pond earlier this summer and stocked it with goldfish from the pet store. The gold fish all got Ich and died, which is common with pet store fish. Since my parents already have 2 ponds at their house that are stocked with goldfish that are healthy and naturalized to ponds, we decided to catch a couple of theirs for our pond. Mr Chiots got out my dad’s casting net and netted us a few little fish.

These fish are thriving now and making sure our pond stays free of mosquito larvae. The water lily we planted in the pond is doing well, it won’t bloom this year, hopefully next year we’ll see some beautiful blooms. Perhaps we’ll get some frogs to move in as well.

The garden that surrounds the pond isn’t quite finished yet. I have to decide which low growing plants to put in front of it among the rocks, I want to get this finished by the end of September.

I moved one of my favorite plants to the pond garden, it’s a Golden Variegated Hakone Grass. It’s thriving in it’s new location. I’d love to have much more of this beautifully plant in my garden! It glows beautifully in the shady corner of the pond and drapes gracefully over the rocks. I can’t wait until it had reached it’s mature size.

The garden around the pond is also filled with: goat’s beard, ‘Francis Williams’ and another smaller variegated hosta, and mint. I’m considering some wooley creeping thyme for the area in front the pond or perhaps some short golden sedum that I have in the front flowerbed.

Any great suggestions for low-growing plants? Do you have a favorite plant that in the garden?

3 Comments to “The Garden Pond”
  1. Miranda on August 31, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Very pretty. I decided just last night to repost about my pond as well, another pond coincidence! I was accompanying the puppy to the backyard last night at about 9:30 and man alive! I had no idea there were SO many toads! My husband usually has the night watch (we have to be sure the pup doesn’t EAT any toads as they’re poisonous, and be sure she doesn’t fall into the pond, as a drowned puppy would make me VERY sad.) and he has mentioned referring to our pond as ‘the toad spa’ but i had no idea. There were literally 8 big gulf coast toads just chillin’ in the water, taking turns hopping up the rock to get out then hopping back in again. Looked like tourists at Barton Springs Pool here in Austin. I’ll try and get some photos tonight!

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  2. Ryan on August 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    one of my favorite next to the pond plants is creeping jenny.

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  3. Jennifer on September 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I adore Hak grass. I’ve got the same variety as you and Mom’s got a spectacular white version. Unfortunately we’re usually too dry for it to flourish up on our hill.

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